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    Mugabe donates $320 000 land to Chief Gutu’s nephew




    NYASHA MUSAMBASI
    GUTU REPORTER
       
    GUTU
    - President Robert Mugabe has overruled Gutu Rural District Council's (RDC) decision to force a land developer to pay $320 000 for a piece of idle land that he is developing into a conference centre.
    Professor Rangarirai Masanganise who is a medical doctor identified a piece of idle land lying in between the scenic Vutsinda Hills and decided to turn it into the largest conference centre in the district.
    He constructed some infrastructure but was forced to stop developments when Gutu RDC approached him and demanded that he pay $320 000 for the piece of land.
    Last week, Chief Gutu who is an uncle to Mugabe took advantage of the rally that the President was addressing near his home and made an appeal to the President against council's demands and Mugabe overruled the council and told Professor Masanganise to proceed with the developments without hindrance.
    Mugabe said here was a man who was trying to turn an idle piece of land into a development that would benefit the community but council was stopping him.
    He then went on to rebuke all the urban and rural councils for being corrupt and reaping innocent people of their money.
    He also spoke of councillors who sell already sold stands to desperate home-seekers. He warned them that they have to stop being corrupt with immediate effect.
    Masanganise thanked the President for such a kind gesture and promised that he was going to finish both structures as soon as possible.
    This is not the first time that Mugabe has given away land for the development educational institutes. Early this year President Mugabe also stopped Bindura Town Council from collecting more than a million dollars for land from ZAOGA founder Ezekiel Guti who is developing a University.
     Mugabe addressed thousands of people who were gathered at Chamisa Primary School on the outskirts of Mpandawana Growth Point while he was on the visit to pay his last respects to the late Chief Gutu, Anos Kasirayi Masanganise and his wife Pamhidzai Masanganise who died a few years back.
    Mugabe laid wreaths on both graves and said he had failed to attend the funerals because of pressing business.
    Chief Gutu also said that he saw Mugabe's visit as an opportunity to air his problems directly to him on behalf of his community.
    He also urged Saviour Kasukuwere, the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to work together with Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage, Cde Abednico Ncube to get rid of those in the councils who are being corrupt.
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